Windows Server 2012 R2 is a server operating system from Microsoft. It was published on May 31st of 2013. It contains many substantial changes over it predecessor, and substantially streamlines the number of available versions, which are down to four: Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter.

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How to send an email with Powershell that doesn't end up in spam folder to Gmail?

I have various PowerShell scripts on Windows Server 2012 R2 that I like to notify me via email upon completion, so I setup a local SMTP server that is restricted to 127.0.0.1 only, and use this ...
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Server running Windows Server 2012, Access the VM using remote desktop from an external network

I have installed Windows Server 2012 in a dedicated server, Using a VM I installed Windows 7, Everything is setup for the VM to access the internet. But I am unable to login by remote desktop ...
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Able to join Server 2003 machines to a 2012 R2 domain?

We're going to be upgrading our servers from Server 2003 SP1 to Server 2012 R2 soon (finally), but I wanted to doublecheck that once the Domain Controller is upgraded from 2003 SP1 OS to Server 2012 ...
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How to disable integrated Windows authentication Internet Explorer in Group Policy Management on Windows Server 2012?

I'm wondering if it is possible to disable the integrated Windows authentication of Internet Explorer by using Group Policy Management on Windows Server 2012.
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root\MsCluster - The WMI provider returned an 'access denied' error

I have prepared the non-administrator user for collecting data using WMI. I can query any namespace using this user except root/MSCluster. For root/MSCluster it returns 'access denied'. At the ...
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Uninstalling Flash Player manually, without the flash uninstaller

We have flash player on our windows servers and I was assigned to uninstall them, but the catch here is that I can't use any external software therefore I can't download Flash Player Uninstaller ...
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Windows Server firewall track connection state

I am trying to control a Windows Server 2012 (R2) firewall by using PowerShell commands (see https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831755.aspx#BKMK_ProfileGlobalDefaults for example and ...
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Install DHCP failover on domain controllers vs member servers?

What is the recommendation for installing DHCP failover; domain controllers or member servers? I can't seem to find any recommendations either way. I did find an old question here pertaining to ...
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MS WS2012 R2 - Integrated NTP client / server

Can WS2012 R2 be configured as a stratum-1 NTP clock source (client to NIST time servers) to which other internal hosts are synchronizing against ... hence NTP client and server functionality ? From ...
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Windows failover cluster with two quorum disk witnesses?

To avoid a single point of failure on the backend SAN system, can I place one quorum witness disk on each site and have the cluster use both?
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How to install a remote desktop environment (VNC or RDP) on my gateway server (Bastion) amazon linux

I am trying to connect to my tableau server which is running under windows server 2012R2 and behind NAT (Bastion) amazon linux EC2. in order to connect correctly i need to install a remote desktop ...
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View Time of differnet servers (Some windows 2012 while other Linux)

I have a infrastructure where I have around 5 windows 2012 servers and 6 Linux server where different component of my application is running.We had local NTP server from which all windows and Linux ...
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Combine CSR with CA response in mmc

I created a certificate request in Windows MMC certificates snap-in. I sent the request to a CA and got a response. How do I merge the response with my CSR to create a full certificate with private ...
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Integrated raid exception detected. Volume (00: 009) is currently in state degraged

I have IBM x3200 M2 Server. Currently there are 2*500 GB hard drive installed in it. Raid 1 is configured in this server. I have hosted an windows application in this server. Currently this server is ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Unexpectedly Shuts Down After Resuming from Hibernate

Resuming Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials after an apparently successful hibernate unexpectedly shuts down and reboots anywhere from 3 to 20 minutes later. This is not an orderly reboot like you'd ...
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Alternative to Windows System Resource Manager in Server 2012

Windows System Resource Manager lets one limit the maximum resources used by a process. This is important as I am running a fleet of Remote Desktop Service Session Host computers, and some users have ...
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Configuration of virtual directory for off-domain server in IIS 8.5

Setup: A web server (Windows 2012 R2, IIS 8.5) outside of domain (called MY_WEB_SERVER) A virtual directory pointing to a NAS server on a domain (called MY_NAS_SERVER) An application set on virtual ...
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Is it safe to delete MyBusiness OU after migration away from SBS?

Back last year we migrated to a number of Windows Server 2012 servers from SBS. Is it safe to delete the MyBusiness OU that was part of our old SBS setup? Example contents of Security Group within ...
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Routing and Remote Access: Allow LAN traffic, Block internet traffic

I have just set up L2PT VPN server using RRaS on a Windows 2012 R2 server. I can connect to this machine from the internet and access the local network. This works perfectly. I would however like to ...
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How to install USB-to-Ethernet Adapter on Windows Server 2012 [closed]

I am having problems installing a USB-to-Ethernet (model HB-T66) on my HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2 server (Intel Xeon) running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. In Device Manager, the device appears at ...
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TLS 1.2 Not showing by default in Windows Server 2012 R2

It is my understanding from reading this article: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/dn786418.aspx#BKMK_SchannelTR_TLS12 That in the registry TLS 1.2 should be enabled by default on Windows ...
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How to find out why Windows Server feature installation failed?

I am trying to install SMTP Server feature in Windows Server 2012 R2. I am using "Add Roles and Features Wizard". After clicking the install button, it shows red circle with white "x". I assume ...
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File on Samba Share can't be edited but overwritten

I have a Windows Server 2012 filesserver and there is a excel file on a shared folder. I added a group of users to the file with write access but these users aren't able to edit the file. When they ...
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Incorrect Single Sign On Url - Cant Update

I'm having an issue. I've set up a third party SSO with my office365 account. The third party SSO authenticates with my on-premesis Active Directory. The only difference between using an ADFS on ...
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Get-BPAModel returns index was outside the bounds of the array

Have an issue running BPA scans on Server 2012 R2 from server manager, task would fail (BPA scan did not complete) but refreshing the BPA view would yield completed scans nonetheless (for ...
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Xen domain windows 2012 r2 - cant add usb

I have xen 4.4.3-9.el6 on CentOS: 6.7 (Final) Problem is I cant add usb devices to my windows 2012R2 domain; If I usexm usb-add demo_win2012_r2 host:0529:0620: I can see my device in windows but it ...
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environment variable 'HOME' value on windows

I have a ruby script running in the context of a scheduled task (windows server 2012r2), running as user "Administrator". Here is the sequence of events which recreates this issue: Create an AWS ...
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Adaptec 5805 and WS 2012 R2 - Optimal raid array absent from disk management

I'm running a file server from a VM hosted in hyper-v server 2012 R2. My hyper-v installation is on a raid 1 array made of 2 ssd. This raid controller is AMD SP5100 integrated to the motherboard. I ...
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RDesktop clint only 2 simultaneously connections. won't use license

I got a problem with newer versions of windows server. We have a great number of windows servers, both old and new. On the older windows servers (windows server 2003) OUR Rdesktop config works just ...
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Left domain, rejoined, now domain admin permissions are broken

The title pretty much says it all... The domain is on a guest VM (Essentials 2012 R2), to which I joined the Hyper-V 2012 R2 host. For reasons not appropriate for discussion here, recently I briefly ...
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System Center 2012 R2 DPM loading tapes from library out of order

I have a System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM) configured and working properly. The server has a SAS Tape Library with 24 tapes, and the DPM shows all tapes. But when a backup to tape ...
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Sync AD DSRM password to a user account

I can't seem to get the below task scheduler job to work properly in a test domain lab of 2 DCs, 1 win2012 R2 and 1 win2008 R2 DC. Syncing to my 'dsrmuser' user by manually running ntdsutil does work. ...
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RDP to Azure server will not load desktop after accepting Disclaimer, shows blank screen with logo

Yesterday I was made aware that my Azure server had an issue with RDP where the user was unable to get past the disclaimer page. Initially restarting the server fixed this issue until this morning ...
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How can I use IIS administration commandlets on Windows Server 2012 R2?

I'm trying to use IIS administration commandlets such as Get-IISSite on a Windows Server 2012 R2 computer. I've already installed IIS Server and all IIS Management Tools roles and rebooted the ...
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How to make Remote Desktop Services Deployment visible in Windows 2012R2 server manager when logging with a different user?

We have an high availability setup for Remote Desktop Services (Windows 2012R2 datacenter edition) all servers are member of "Domain A": 2 Domain controllers : DCA01, DCA02 1 Gateway ...
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Direct server to server traffic via LAN

This may seem like a dumb question... or it may well be a dumb question (lol)... but its something I have never had to deal with and know little about. I have 15 physical servers in a datacenter, ...
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Windows Server 2012 default user: Administrator safe?

I was wondering if it's safe to keep/have a user named: Administrator. Would it be more safe to change it to an odd name ? or it really doesn't matter anymore? (I remember a long time ago hackers ...
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Activate a Remote Desktop License Server without GUI

Trying to automate Windows Server 2012 R2 installation of services and configuration. I was able to install the RDS License Server Windows Feature via Powershell Add-WindowsFeature RDS-Licensing, ...
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Graceful shutdown of ruby process during windows shutdown

I have a windows 2012 r2 machine with a scheduled ruby process which runs every minute - sometimes exiting after only a few seconds, other times, running for 5 minutes or so. What I am trying to ...
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Does Windows 10 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) work with Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)?

Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10, I've been having issues with RSAT to administer an RDS Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment. At first, the preview of the RSAT tools didn't work well and I chalked it ...
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OpenLDAP proxy gone for good

I recently had to troubleshoot a Windows AD issue. Users suddenly lost access to shared folders and network drives. After some research I discovered that there was a Linux CentOS machine that crashed ...
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Where is information about Storage Pools and Virtual Disks stored in Windows Server?

Environment: Azure, Windows 2012 R2 VMs. I've created a Storage Pool of 3 disks (VHDs), striped, a Virtual Disk on top of it, and a volume. Then I've stopped this VM, detached these VHDs and attached ...
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GPO - Software Restriction Policies - add exception

Windows Server 2012 R2 and GPO. I wanted to increase security so I blocked %AppData%\*.exe and %AppData%\*\*.exe Spotify stopped working of course. I created another rule ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 DFSR folder

On my server (2012 R2) the D:\System Volume Information\DFSr folder is too large. Approximately 18,5go. How to reduce it? The intermediate folder (in DFS Configration) has 4096mo like quota. What ...
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Apache (OWA) Reverse Proxy on Windows 2012 R2 stops responding

Recently I've swapped our old ISA Server with an Apache Reverse Proxy. The ISA Server only did reverse proxying for Exchange OWA. Because of this it was rather simple on my first thought. After I ...
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Editing the Session Collection disk size in Server 2012 R2

I created a Remote Desktop Services Session Collection a few weeks ago using Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. I am now realizing I overdid the Maximum Size in the user profile disks section, and ...
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Need advice chosing dedicated server provider in UK [closed]

A customer of mine have asked our company to provide them a server located in the UK. As I'm writing from Switzerland I have no experience with providers from there. What we are looking for is pretty ...
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Can't Remote Desktop To Windows Server 2012 R2

I have just demoted our Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller. Removed all services, and then did a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 R2. I gave the server the same IP address and host name that it ...
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Trying to find some really old versions of software [closed]

I am currently trying to track down some old versions of Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat 9, Adobe Reader XI and Java Runtime Environment so that a Windows 2012R2 server can run a piece of [redacted] ...
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Log username of who restarts a service

I'm looking for a simple way to log the username of someone that restarts a service on a server. This was possible in 2003, but I do not see a possibility in 2008 and 2012.